Padauk Salad/Fruit Bowl

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Project by PASs posted 04-03-2011 05:16 AM 1754 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a second lathe from a gentleman a couple months ago.
He gave me a bunch of other stuff including some chucks, tools, and wood.
One of the pieces of wood was this padauk bowl about 10 inches in diameter.
He got it at a garage sale for 50 cents because a previous owner had spilled something in it that had hardened in the bottom.
I remounted and turned it to get the stuff out.
It had warped a little over time so I ended up taking some of the thickness off to get it round again.

Padauk wood.

Craftsman tube-style lathe, 12” diameter capacity, 48” between centers.

Tung oil I think (I forgot.)

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-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 05:43 AM

nice save! I like to turn Padauk, except for the dust. I usually have to glue a few layers to get a piece that big. What other wood did you get?

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 06:11 AM

Got a piece of cedar he had started turning and finished it as a vase (I just posted it to my projects as “Cedar Vase”).
Got a couple dozen small pieces of wood he bought at Woodcrafters.
Made a small bowl out of some rosewood, and a cane handle from another piece (forgot the wood on that.)
I’ll play with anything…half my turnings are from dunnage or firewood.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#3 posted 04-03-2011 12:55 PM

Great save. Beautifuly done..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 04-03-2011 03:13 PM

You really turned that beat up old bowl into a beauty!

All the padauk I’ve ever worked with was very red. Are there different varieties?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 04-03-2011 03:52 PM

Gorgous, just gorgous, keep up the good work, thanks for sharing

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#6 posted 04-03-2011 05:36 PM

Very nice….and you can’t beat the price!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#7 posted 04-07-2011 04:21 PM

Charlie, I didn’t even know it was padauk until one of the guys at Woodcraft told me.
I don’t know what most of the stuff I work with is since it’s stuff I pick up different places.
Will have to do a wood gloat to see if anyone can tell me what the dunnage from India is.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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